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you’re a drinker and i’m childless, or: a review of ‘cat on a hot tin roof’

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by LAWRENCE NEIL

The stage is a runway, a railroad track set about twice as long as it is wide and divided by an off-centered bed with red and brown sheets. The stage is bookended by hints of backdrop, two pop-up walls with mustard yellow base and red floral print: one belonging to Brick, with a television set, record player, and liquor cabinet, the other Maggie’s, with perfumes and two mirrors.  The audiences on either side face each other.

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Profiles of the Stanford Artist: ‘My Fair Lady’s’ Ken Savage and Asia Chiao, at any cost

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by SILVIANA ILCUS

Ken Savage is the director of the Asian American Theater Project’s show My Fair Lady at Bing Concert Hall. Asia Chiao is the costume designer.  They recently sat down with SAR’s Silviana Ilcus to discuss the narrative and design of their recent production.

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reinventing ethnic narratives: A Review of ‘My Fair Lady’

by BOJAN SRB

I did not ask for identity politics. I showed up at the dress rehearsal for My Fair Lady at Stanford’s Memorial Auditorium expecting a young actress to show me what she could do with her vibrato. Instead, director Ken Savage’s production exploded from the stage and captured my mind and soul, awakening within me an aptitude for acute recognition.

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a showcase for aesthetic diversity: a review of The Original Winter One Acts

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by BOJAN SRB

Sacrifices to the founder of Pantera, mile-high copulation, quirky office romances, and Mr. Alligator-induced dialogue all abound in Ram’s Head’s Original Winter One Acts, playing January 16-18 at Stanford’s Pigott Theater. To say that OWOA has no underlying theme this year would be a sordid understatement. But don’t worry – as is often the case in the art of combination, a loss in thematic uniformity is a showcase for aesthetic diversity. To my eyes, OWOA shows exactly this: how many directions a Stanford one-act can take.

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Hope I’m Not Bothering You By Sitting Here, Honey: a review of ‘Violet: The Musical’

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by KATIE STRAUB

“You folks boarding Bus 322 to Memphis?” a boy in an old-looking bus driver’s costume shouted, striding confidently through and past our group of thirty-or-so theatergoers waiting outside MemAud, waving us to follow.

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Sunny, Steel Wool, and a Psychiatrist: a review of ‘Attempts on Her Life’

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by HANNA TYSON

One might wonder: what is the plot of a play without a plot?  Ideas?  Youth.  Terrorism.   Pornography.  Pseudoegalitarianism.  Abstraction! 

Confusion?  Good.

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To Imagine Icons: a review of ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’

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by BOJAN SRBINOVSKI

I don’t want to watch these people act. I just want to watch them be.

I remember thinking this as the lights of the Curran Theatre were dimming, and the curtain began to rise. A musical about the life of Carole King is a risky endeavor. Her music does not necessarily translate to the drama to which Broadway stands tantamount. It is also a difficult undertaking because of a lack of source material, and because artistic license is such a deceitful tool when it comes to reimagining the life of a living, breathing icon.

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Diary of a Stage Manager: Entry #3

by KATIE STRAUB

Entry #3: Tech Week

There comes a time in the course of every theatrical production’s rehearsal process where the focus shifts. Actors’ lines are learned and their characters have been developed.  Movements have been choreographed.  Scenery is built and lights are focused.  Costumes are fit and music is composed. Cue the proverbial dusting off of hands, the satisfied sighs. Show-ready, I used to think.

But first comes a four day marathon known by theater folk as “tech week.”

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Diary of a Stage Manager: Entry #2

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BY KATIE STRAUB

Entry #2: An Ode to Stage Directions

The opening stage direction of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest reads:

Act I

Scene I

Morning-room in Algernon’s flat in Half-Moon Street. The room is luxuriously and artistically furnished. The sound of piano is heard in the adjoining room.

Lane is arranging afternoon tea on the table, and after the music has ceased, Algernon enters.

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Diary of a Stage Manager: Entry #1

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By KATIE STRAUB

Entry #1: No Sweat.

Professional theater is not all dazzling divas and thunderous applause – to put on a show, you need the logistical stuff in between. The life of a summer theater stage manager.

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